Dental Care for Pets at Wyre Forest Vets
Dental disease is one of the most common problems we see at Wyre Forest Vets. Yet gum disease is largely preventable with routine care. Just like humans, the key to good dental hygiene lies in the removal of plaque. Plaque is made up of bacteria and food debris, and builds up on the teeth throughout the day. Poor dental hygiene can be a source of chronic pain and discomfort for many pets.
Signs your pet may have dental disease include persistent bad breath, inflamed or bleeding gums, sensitivity around the mouth, pawing at the mouth, loose or missing teeth and loss of appetite.
The main concern is that if there is infection in the mouth, it can allow bacteria into the body and cause infections elsewhere. Kidney, heart and liver infections can all be caused by poor oral health.
We recommend daily brushing with a toothbrush and special pet toothpaste, as well as a prescription diet. Brushing is the best way of keeping the teeth clean. Both cats and dogs will generally allow brushing, especially if it is started as a routine at an early age.
If the disease is severe, affected animals may eat on one side of their mouth, lose weight and generally fail to thrive. Your pet should also have regular check-ups at our clinic, and if dental disease is suspected, you should contact the surgery immediately to make an appointment.